Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 29, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rubble an impediment to commerce, civic pride

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — On a Sunday morning early in April, I was awakened by a phone call from family who were in the middle of a crisis.

The block which housed their business was burning and it was feared all would be lost.

Thanks to the skill and dedication of a great fire department and their quick realization that it would be necessary to call in help, the business was saved from fire but damaged by water and smoke.

Since they had insurance on their property, all should have been fine, but all was not.

Almost 6 months later, the property sits idle and unusable due to the problem that is the Yum-Yums building – now a pile of rubble that is no longer a hazard or a nuisance, says the city.

To the person at the city who made this statement to Emily Griffin, what exactly is this site, if it is not a nuisance or a hazard?

Well, I can tell you what it is – an impediment to commerce and an impediment to civic pride in downtown Jacksonville.

Shame on the city for allowing this situation to perpetuate without pursuing every avenue available to make all of this block of downtown viable for business again.

Debbie Griffin